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Breast cancer survivors get opportunity to discuss their lives

Breast cancer survivors will gather together in Marshall County, Alabama, for an annual luncheon that allows the women and men to discuss surviving the disease. They will also be given some tips on how to live now that the cancer is behind them, according to Sand Mountain Reporter.

Dr. Karen Meneses, a nursing professor, will offer tips on dealing with the fear of recurrence, sexuality, maintaining good health and lymphedema, the common side effect that causes the arms and hands to swell, the media outlet reports.

"The participants acknowledged that Marshall Medical Centers had played a big role in helping them through their diagnosis and treatment, but also mentioned several issues have had an impact on their quality of life since breast cancer," Andrea Oliver, director of Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers, told the news source. "Among the problems were fatigue, lymphedema, pain, changes in body image and acceptance of their new selves, side effects of medication, depression, and bone health."

According to American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the United States.
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